Campari Group UK to distribute Champagne Lallier amidst launch of R.018
Campari Group UK will be taking on the distribution of Champagne Lallier within the London M25 area in a phased approach in combination with current distributor Boutinot wines.
The brand will join the likes of Appleton Estate, Grand Marnier, The Glen Grant, and Bisquit & Dubouché as part of Campari Group UK’s newly created Rare division.
The distribution move follows Campari Group’s acquisition of Champagne Lallier in 2020, seeing the business bringing Lallier cuvées to the UK market including Série R, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Millésimé and Ouvrage.
Campari Group UK’s managing director, Brad Madigan said: ‘‘Lallier is a progressive Champagne house, producing fine quality wines and is an exciting addition to Campari Group’s growing Rare portfolio, which includes Appleton Estate, Grand Marnier, The Glen Grant, and Bisquit & Dubouché, further diversifying our stellar line-up. I would like to thank the team at Boutinot Wines for their continued commitment to establishing Lallier in the UK market. We are very much looking forward to building on Boutinot Wines’s great work, and introducing more wine lovers to Champagne Lallier.’
The news comes at the same time as Champagne Lallier launches its latest iteration in its “R Series” Brut Non-Vintage cuvée: R.018.
The R.018 continues the innovation created by Francis Tribaut with the launch of the R.010 in 2014. Born from a creative and modern winemaking philosophy, the Lallier Série R is inspired by nature, sincerity, and curiosity. As displayed transparently on its label, Série R conveys a reflection of its harvest year and embodies the nature of the Champagne terroir through the individuality of each expression.
The R.018 Champagne is based on a large majority of wines from the 2018 harvest (70%). The 2018 harvest began at the end of August, after a very sunny and dry summer, when the grapes were ripe.
Lallier cellar master Dominique Demarville added: “This kind of harvest only happens every 15 or 20 years. This was the case for example in 1970, 1982, 2004 and now 2018. This harvest is proof that we must always keep hope and believe in nature.”